Star workers recognised at glittering awards

Individuals and teams of staff from Doncaster Children’s Services Trust have been awarded for their dedication and contribution to improving the lives of local children, young people and families.

The Trust's STAR Awards, now in their fifth year, are held for staff and external workers and aim to celebrate those who truly make that extra difference through their passion and commitment to helping families.

The winners of 13 categories, who had been chosen out of a bumper number of more than 200 entries were announced at the awards ceremony. These included awards for Social Worker of the Year, Manager of the Year and Support Colleague of the Year. In addition, there was a surprise Chief Executive’s Award, which was won by Head of Service Andy, who battled through thigh-high flood waters in November to get a young person out of their flat.

Parent and Family Support Service worker, Jess, won the Employee of the Year title after her nominator said she showed “utter commitment” to supporting children, young people and families. An example of this was Jess playing Pie Face with a child who was difficult to engage – after which she had an hour’s drive home covered in cream.

The Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year gong went to Sally, whose nominators said that she makes sure that children, young people and families feel they are being listened to and are empowered to contribute to decision making.

In addition to working hard in her post qualifying year, Sally also worked alongside a colleague to raise awareness of mental health issues among men after they both lost family members to suicide.

The awards also recognised the role of external organisations who help make a difference to the lives of children and young people. The accolade of Partner of the Year title went to Andy and Michelle Woolf who worked with the Trust’s Young Advisors in 2019 to establish the charity ‘Respect My Stuff’ - which provides a bag for all children coming into care to help keep their special belongings safe.

Commenting on the awards, Trust Chair of the Board, Tony Hunter said: “There is so much wonderful work going on within and on behalf of the Trust. It is right that we hold this annual recognition of those who do that extra something to help some of Doncaster’s most vulnerable children, young people and families, as well as in support of their colleagues.

“It is always heartening to witness the enthusiasm among our teams for people to take the time to nominate a colleague or team for the prestigious awards.”

“Volunteers are the best. People don’t understand or realise how much time and effort it takes to make their young person feel safe and trust them.”

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